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Manu Tuilagi on verge of comeback for Leicester after knee injury

• Player expected in line-up on Sunday against Munster or Saracens next week• Leicester and England centre visited witch-doctor in Samoa earlier this yearThose who believe Manu Tuilagi will never again be his old dominant force for club and country cou…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Leicester’s Telusa Veainu: ‘I had to take a big fall and I learned so much’

The Tigers full-back took time to time to settle in England – despite playing well – but he now feels at home and is showing off his array of skillsIn Leicester they simply adore watching TV. Not the gogglebox in the lounge but the box-office attractio…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

Joe Launchbury back for Wasps; Schalk Burger takes Maro Itoje’s role for Saracens; Exeter look to Henry Slade and Jonny Hill; Leicester boosted by return of Jonny May; Taulupe Faletau straight into Bath side after playing for WalesWasps welcome their c…

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England’s Ellis Genge to miss start of Six Nations after shoulder surgery

• Leicester prop damaged shoulder against Wasps• Genge blow deprives Eddie Jones of another England playerEllis Genge is set to miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after Leicester confirmed the loosehead prop requires shoulder surgery and …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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Wasps’ Nizaam Carr makes the difference in epic battle with Leicester

• Wasps 32-25 Leicester• Fine play by No8 who recently became first Muslim to play for SpringboksA murky, wintry evening in Coventry but this was a performance to give Wasps supporters a warm feeling as they left the stadium on Saturday night after an …

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Ben Youngs: ‘When we found out the dreadful news, rugby wasn’t important’

England scrum-half has no regrets about missing the Lions tour to support his family and sister-in-law, and is ready for the two-year journey to the World CupAs the national anthems play at Twickenham on Saturday Ben Youngs will gaze up into the stands…

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Witch-doctor has banished my injury curse, says Manu Tuilagi

• Tuilagi told groin, hamstring and knee injuries were caused by evil spirits• Spiritual healer balmed player with Fijian oil on Samoan island of UpoluManu Tuilagi has made the extraordinary claim that the injury problems which have blighted him in rec…

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George Ford inspires Leicester to go third with hard-fought win at Newcastle

• Newcastle 13-30 Leicester• Tigers’ England contingent show Eddie Jones they are ready for autumn TestsGood news for Leicester and for the England head coach, Eddie Jones: the Tigers’ Red Rose quintet are in fine fettle before the autumn international…

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Leicester top pool as Telusa Veainu scores hat-trick against Castres

• Leicester 54-29 Castres• Tigers score seven tries to kickstart campaignEllis Genge finds himself behind two Lions in the England pecking order but on this form the Tigers’ loosehead prop may not be there for long. Leicester romped to a seven-try win …

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’

The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his countryMidweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this seas…

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’

The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his countryMidweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this seas…

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Leone Nakarawa inspires Racing 92 to victory over Leicester Tigers

• Racing 22-18 Leicester• Tigers take consolation of picking up losing bonus pointPerhaps not redemption for Leicester – Leone Nakarawa’s quite sublime artistry put paid to that – but a significant step on the road nonetheless. The Tigers were quite dr…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend

Matt O’Connor’s Tigers are evolving fast, Bath’s fledglings offer hope for the country and Quins’ Kyle Sinckler is at the mercy of the law book

The Tigers are changing their stripes. A side which for years built its foundation on set-pieces, an all-enveloping back row, controlling half-backs and immovable defence has evolved into one that can thrive on less than 50% possession. The midfield partnership of George Ford and Matt Toomua allows Leicester to react quickly in broken play and, after all the upheaval of the last few seasons, continuity has been a theme this season. Five rounds into the Premiership the director of rugby, Matt O’Connor, has made just one change in his back line, and that was enforced when Manu Tuilagi was injured after the opening weekend. The wings Jonny May and Nick Malouf have scored seven of the 12 league tries between them, profiting from a broader range of passing, and both added to their tally against the champions in a match in which the home side spent two-thirds of the match in their own half and had just 38% of possession. Paul Rees

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George Ford extends a generous hand to England No10 rival Marcus Smith

• Eddie Jones’s starting fly-half says competition for places is good
• Ford tells teenage pretender to remember why the coach picked him

George Ford has told the latest player to challenge for his England fly-half jersey, the 18-year old Marcus Smith who trained with the national squad in Oxford last week, to be himself and never lose sight of why he was selected.

The pair faced each other on the day before the England squad met up when Leicester defeated Harlequins at The Stoop on an afternoon when the two outside-halves showcased their talent in front of the watching national head coach, Eddie Jones, although Smith departed early with a leg injury.

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Leicester face Exeter in a tale of two city clubs heading in opposite directions

Tigers may be losing money but they refuse to see a season extended to 10 months – ‘without players, we don’t have a game’ – as a solution to their problem

When Leicester last won the Premiership title it was at precisely this stage of the season in 2012 that they welcomed Exeter to Welford Road and promptly sent them packing back down to the West Country, tails between their legs. In the ensuing five years the sides’ relative progress has been nigh-on diametrically opposed – Exeter have soared, Leicester stagnated.

The comparison between the two is relevant because their similarities are in abundance. Both attempt to live within their means, there are rarely many empty seats when either play at home and both clubs have an earthiness to them. Not so long ago Leicester provided the blueprint for Saturday’s visitors, now the Chiefs are threatening to leave them behind.

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Tom Collins shows his promise as Northampton hit back against Leicester

• Northampton 24-11 Leicester
• Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley join Collins on the scoresheet

We should not really be surprised, but anyone who knew only the Northampton that were torn limb from limb at Twickenham the weekend before would have been. The Saints are now quite used to bouncing back from harrowing experiences such as that, and this they duly did in front of their faithful, against their bitterest. The full catharsis of a bonus-point fourth try eluded them but this was a comprehensive dismantling of Leicester, their first win over the Tigers in eight attempts.

“We had to respond like that,” said Jim Mallinder, Northampton’s director of rugby. “There’s no other way. It’s a reminder for the rest of the season. In this game you’ve got to get that intensity right. Last week we didn’t really do it. This week you could tell from the first minute that we were up for it.”

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Manu Tuilagi to undergo knee surgery in further blow to England prospects

• Leicester centre will be out for at least a month after damaging ligaments
• Dan Biggar agrees to join Northampton from Ospreys in 2018

Manu Tuilagi’s prospects of an England comeback this autumn have suffered another blow after it emerged he is set to undergo knee surgery this week. It is understood the Leicester centre tore knee ligaments in the defeat by Bath on Sunday and needs a minor operation which will sideline him for at least the next month.

Tuilagi’s career has been increasingly dogged by injury, with a more serious knee injury in January forcing him to spend seven months out. Despite scoring a try on his return against Bath, he is now facing a further three or four weeks out, leaving him precious little time to impress England’s head coach Eddie Jones before this autumn’s internationals.

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